Tessa Kiros


"Walking Tours of Florence are wise and well informed. They have a fresh accessible style which makes it fun. The recipe seems to be the more you enjoy the more you learn. And it works."

Michael Palin

Actor/Presenter (Monty Python and a list of fabulous films too long to list here)

"The Greatest Tour Guide Ever!"

Lou Reed


"...This tour is wonderful, it is informative, complete and fun. And more importantly, you don't feel like a sheep in a flock, herded around town..."

Richard Kind

Actor (Mad about You, Spin City)

"Thank You for the Wonderful Experience!"

Alex Rodriguez

Baseball Star (In December of 2000 Rodriguez became the best-paid ballplayer of all time when he signed a $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers)

"Walking Tours of Florence are much more than tours, because you leave feeling almost as if you know Michelangelo and the other Masters personally."

Mike Munro

One of Australia's finest investigative journalists and well known media personalities.

"Thank you for a wonderful job… you made us feel like we were the most important people in Florence. We all left singing your praises. Thank you very much."

Bill Kurtis

Acclaimed documentary host and producer, network news anchor and multimedia production company.

"Entertaining and Informative!"

Nat Young

World Surfing Champion

"I had the most relaxing and fun experiences with you covering Italian food, wine, art and culture. Thank you for the warm and friendly way in which you welcomed me. I was very impressed by the high professionalism of your staff."

Chi Xun

Director and writer


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Tessa Kiros started travelling at a very young age. Born in London,  her family moved to South Africa when she was 4. By the time she was 18 she had one goal in mind: to travel and see the world by the time she was 30.

Her desire to travel and experience new cultures was also driven by her passion for food, specifically mediterranean cuisine. She worked for Angela Dwyer at the famous Groucho Club in Soho for a few years, fine tuning her culinary skills in creating flavorful yet simple dishes. She gained further experience through her travels- working in Mexico, Sydney and in Athens under chef Herve Pronzato.

 She planned on travelling to Italy for further experience, and like so many other expats now living here, she decided she had to stay. Settling in Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, she married the son of her cooking teacher and now writes cook books.

Her first book, Twelve, is based on the recipes she collected for herself, and from her husband's family. What started as a food diary soon became a book of mouth-watering recipes that are simple yet delicious.

Twelve was a success, and soon afterwards she published her second cookbook. Based on her travels around the world and her love of diverse culinary dishes, Falling Cloudberries is a book of memories and recipes from her travel experiences as well as those collected from friends and family.

The most recent book, Apples for Jam, is perhaps the most sentimental. Kiros describes it as " food for families, young people, old people, for the child in all of us...dishes from childhood and food I cook now for my family...it is whispering advice to a sister, swapping recipes over fences, sharing crumbs on a train with a stranger."

Don't miss the chance to meet Tessa Kiros, hear about her recipes, travels, experiences and life in Tuscany. Buy her book and bring her recipes home with you! Exclusively through ArtViva Tours